Forming part of the daisy family, Cosmos plants have around 40 different species, consisting of herbaceous annuals and perennials.
While they are native to Mexico, and parts of the Americas, they are grown all over the world as an ornamental plant.
In South Africa, where there are plenty of cosmos to be found, these plants were introduced accidentally in horse feed.
Cosmos At A Glance
You can recognize cosmos for their large flowers resembling a daisy, which are fairly symmetrical and feature a golden yellow eye at the center of each bloom.
The foliage is soft and fern-like, and the flowers invite plenty of pollinators into your garden.
The name originates from the Greek word kosmos, which translates to balance or harmony.
This name is believed to refer to the satisfying, symmetrical shape of the flowers.
Cosmos Flower Symbolism
Cosmos flowers represent balance, order, calm, tranquility, and harmony. They may also signify someone who is humble.
For a detailed look at everything cosmos can symbolize, and appropriate occasions to give someone cosmos, see also Cosmos Flower Meaning And Symbolism.
Uses Of Cosmos
Cosmos are grown all over the globe because they are so easy to care for, and simple to raise from seed.
You’ll see these fabulous flowers in the gardens of experienced gardeners and those just starting out in their gardening journey alike, as they are well-loved.
These versatile plants do just as well in a mixed bed or border as they do in containers.
At the end of the season, they may fall over in containers, however, and they aren’t as tolerant of dry spells as they would be if planted in the ground.
Cosmos Growing Requirements
Cosmos flowers are hardy in USDA zones 2 through to 11, and flower primarily in summer, continuing through fall for as long as the temperatures stay stable.
Depending on the variety you go for, cosmos can grow anywhere from a foot to 4 feet high, as long as you give it a sunny position and soil with good drainage.